2000-02-19 / Columnists

From The G-Man...by Gary Toms

From The G-Man

A Challenge To The First Lady

Hey people! With this shaping up to be the biggest political year ever, many people have not reached a decision about who they are going to vote for. There are many reasons why this situation exists, but the main reason seems to be voter apathy. Many don’t seem to care about the candidates, and they also feel that it will be politics as usual as we progress further into the millennium.

I have spoken with a number of residents in Far Rockaway, and this sentiment has reached epidemic proportions. A large percentage do not plan to vote at all, and that will be extremely detrimental to the community and the peninsula as well. The residents, both young and old, employed and impoverished, believe that the people they have put in office have abandoned them. Nothing has been done to improve the condition of Far Rockaway. Sure, they are building affordable housing sites, but there is nothing being done with regard to economic and cultural development. As far as I’m concerned, this place is still a ghost town, and you have to dodge the tumbleweeds so you don’t get whacked in the a..!

I’ve heard everyone, from the editor of this paper to Howard Schwach, talk about how the beach areas could be used for money-making ventures that would be beneficial to the area, but somehow Rockaway is always given "the finger" by big corporate executives, state legislators, and some of the elected officials chosen to represent it. Then, you get these politicians, hard up for votes, coming around, in an election year, talking about how much they need your vote. Here’s the word of the day folks. Can you say….pathetic?

The other thing that pisses me off is when these politicians go to their constituents in the nicer neighborhoods, and they forsake those in the poorer areas. You can always spot them in a crowd. They’re the ones with the Cheshire cat grin, and they stare at you long enough to make it seem as though they care. With situations like this, is it any wonder why some voters just don’t give a damn?

I want to take this opportunity to issue a challenge to Hillary Clinton. Senator Shumer, I know you are close to the First Lady, and if you are reading this, I hope that you will pass it along. You’ve visited these economically booming neighborhoods, why not come check out "The Rock"? I can’t recall one big named politician, Bush, Clinton or Gore, coming to visit Redfern, Edgemere, Arverne or Hammels. If politicians have been in these places, why don’t they show up more often, and what message are they trying to send? Forget all the advisors, pundits and jackasses who would criticize you for coming here because they don’t matter. I can hear them now: "Far Rockaway? Where the hell is that, and why do you want to go there?" You want people in this area to vote for you in the senate race, then you need to be here to hear their concerns and express yours. Isn’t that what conducting a "listening tour" is all about?

This is not an ambush or anything like that. I’ll leave that to those punks in the mainstream media. The G-man doesn’t play that. This is about the people of Far Rockaway and what you will do for them as a member of the senate. So, come on down! Have your people call my people. We’ll have a few laughs, talk about the good times and share a root beer. I have no doubt that the people of Far Rockaway would love to have you.

Lastly, it has been brought to my attention that there are a number of mechanics in the Far Rockaway area that are charging enormous prices for simple work. I have spoken to one mechanic, who has a wonderful, long standing relationship with the community, and he told me his business suffers because of these jackasses. Check this out. He told me how a man was charged $700, by one mechanic, for repair work, and the car still experienced problems. The car was brought to him, and it was repaired for $200! "Mr. Goodtool" told me all the car needed was to replace a few loose wires in the steering column. Be warned! I’m coming after you idiots. You can run if you want to, but you can’t hide, and I’ll make sure people know who you are.

Memo to Thomas Cunningham: Make sure your students check me out in The Wave. Don’t "sleep" on me!

Hit me up at

GeeMan1025@aol.com with comments, and I’ll see you next week!

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